Apgar Transit Center & St. Mary Visitor Center

Feasibility Study + Design

In 1999, the National Park Service funded the rehabilitation of the Going-to-the-Sun Road (GTSR), a national historic landmark and premier visitor experience in Glacier National Park. The project achieved LEED® Gold certification by considering sensitive site planning strategies, conscientious materials selection, daylighting opportunities, efficient mechanical and electrical systems, and sustainable construction practices and commissioning services.

The west terminus is a new visitor transit center outside Apgar Village near the main park entrance. Apgar Transit Center site planning includes a vehicle drop-off and parking area for shuttle buses, visitor vehicles, recreational vehicles, buses and staff. A broad interpretive plaza and arching stone wall connect these modes of transportation. The 4,500-s.f. transit center includes a central visitor information lobby and ITS information, administrative staff support areas, public restrooms, a broad porch, a bus shelter and support spaces.

The east terminus of the transportation system is the historic Mission-66-style St. Mary Visitor Center. Design and construction for adaptation and additions have been completed and include an administrative office, bus driver break room, ADA improvements, entrance station studies and site work.

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Glacier National Park, Montana


National Park Service


$5.4 Million



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